Cruel Winter is coming.
Tune into Big Boy's 92.3 I'm about to play the first single from Cruel Winter
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 3, 2016
On Friday morning, Kanye West premiered the first single from his long-awaited sequel to Cruel Summer, the 2012 compilation album from GOOD Music’s artists.
And if this still-untitled new song (which the radio hosts suggested be titled Untitled, Champions or Round and Round) is any indication, Cruel Winter‘s roster is stacked. Featuring the all-star lineup of 2 Chainz, Desiigner, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Quavo from Migos, Juicy J and a fresh-out-of-prison Gucci Mane, the track is one of the best things we’ve heard from Kanye in recent memory.
Kanye took over Big Boy’s 92.3 in L.A. to release the song, teasing a longer version “with 12 or 15 minutes, featuring everybody,” and discussing the infamous Taylor Swift reference on Famous. “I told her we was gonna say that,” he said. “I didn’t just tell her, I asked her how she felt about it.”
He also teased Cruel Winter, which has a “solid 7-8” songs he knows are making the album, as well as a forthcoming tour. “We about to drop this crew Winter, we’re going on tour,” he said, before briefly mentioning further projects he can’t talk about yet.
Ye also opened up about fatherhood, his Adidas collaboration and the future of his career. “I’m extremely protective [of North]. When I left Nike for Adidas I did it for my daughter … there was an opportunity to make a better life for my daughter. I don’t want to have to be doing Gold Digger when I’m 50, I want to be joking.”
“I know I got rich people problems — they’re the only problems I want to have.”
Listeners also got some classic Kanye bravado. “Real Friends is the best rap song in years, in my personal opinion, for what I love in rap,” he said. “This is some Michael Jackson levels, I gotta step back — I gotta pitch myself sometimes.”
“Think about when Drake and Justin Bieber lost at the Grammys for Best New Artist, they said, ‘Where’s Kanye when we need him?’ The game needs me!”
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to hear more Cruel Winter material live — Kanye headlines Governor’s Ball this weekend.
By Maeve McDermott,